September 30, 1989
From the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week are Dusty Rhodes, Jimmy Snuka, Rick Rude, and Brutus Beefcake. Plus, the coronation ceremony of Randy Savage and more!
“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Boris Zhukov
Snuka attacks Zhukov from behind and clotheslines him with the Soviet flag. Snuka chokes him out as Jesse screams about how this should be a disqualification. Snuka chops Zhukov down then chokes him out again but Zhukov rakes his face. Snuka takes Zhukov down with a flying chop after a criss-cross sequence then hits a suplex before putting him away with the Superfly Splash (2:03).
Thoughts: A quick win to put over Snuka, who the fans still love to see his finisher but is stuck in a lower card feud with the Honky Tonk Man.
Brother Love Show with guests Ted DiBiase & Virgil. DiBiase laughs when Brother Love reminds him of Jake Roberts being obsessed with him and once thought he was intelligent and cunning like himself. However, DiBiase says that Jake has totally lost his mind to forget the pain he was in and wondering if the feeling in his arm would ever come back and that his obsession has cost him his vision as he can only see straight ahead. DiBiase then tells Jake about coming right back for his neck and laughs as he asks him to wrestle one last time. He ends by laughing as Jesse calls his laugh “heartwarming.” Good promo from DiBiase here.
Dale Wolfe vs. Dusty Rhodes
Dusty is sporting a red trunks with yellow polka dots here. Big Bossman is shown in an insert promo saying he will hurt Dusty, who hammers away on Wolfe. Dusty stomps on Wolfe’s hands as he is in control. Wolfe gets dumped as Jesse makes fun of Dusty’s body as he is still in control then puts Wolfe away with an elbow drop (2:33). After the match, Dusty dances with Bossman’s hat and nightstick while Vince cackles like an idiot.
Thoughts: Dusty’s attire was not too flattering but his feud with the Big Bossman is over on TV so it doesn’t matter.
The finish from the Dusty vs. Honky Tonk Man match from SummerSlam is shown to hype the PPV’s Coliseum Home Video release. At least that got over.
Bad News Brown vs. Elmer Johnson
Bad News immediately attacks Johnson then we hear him in an insert promo saying he is all about being mean and hating everyone before calling out Hulk Hogan. Bad News drops an elbow and hits a clothesline before hitting the Ghetto Blaster for the win as he covers with one foot (1:15). After the match, Bad News dumps Johnson outside.
Thoughts: Bad News is back doing the same type of promos he did when he started early last year. He was also getting slower and older.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype the 10/7 Boston Garden show. Powers of Pain & Mr. Fuji call out the Bushwhackers to hype up their match while Tito Santana wants Rick Martel to be ready to step into the ring for their match.
Fabulous Rougeau Brothers w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Gary Wolfe & Tony Durante
Jacques reaches through the ropes to shake Wolfe’s hand. Durante gets slapped after Jacques extended his hand but Durante comes back to knock Jacques down. Durante tried to land on his feet on a backdrop and fails but gets up and clotheslines Jacques as the Rougeaus regroup outside. The Rougeaus are shown in an insert promo running down The Rockers then Raymond fakes an eye injury as Jacques attacks Wolfe from behind. The Rougeaus stay in control, acting quite cocky and cheating too, then they put Wolfe away with a Boston Crab/Knee Drop combo (3:03).
Thoughts: More great heel work by the Rougeaus against the future ECW Pitbulls. Their TV matches were always entertaining.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We get footage of Andre attacking the Ultimate Warrior from behind on “Superstars” from last month then we hear from Ultimate Warrior as he promises to take Andre out and become the 8th Wonder of the World as they hype their match at the 10/7 Boston Garden show.
We go back to the ring for Macho King Randy Savage’s coronation ceremony. The king and queen chairs are set up as a dozen or so heels are in the ring to congratulate the new king. The Genius reads a poem putting over Savage & Sherri then DiBiase gives Savage a golden sceptor. Savage then takes the scepter and raises it in the air before he gets carried away with Sherri in their chairs. This was a lot tamer than I expected. It was also brief.
Barry Horowitz vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake
We hear from two girls in an insert as they believe Beefcake is better looking than Rick Martel. Lots of screaming for Beefcake here as he shoves Horowitz against the ropes. Horowitz pulls up on an Irish whip and congratulates himself but turns around and gets clotheslined. Beefcake slingshots Horowitz back inside but Horowitz fights back and uses some back rakes but after that runs into a sleeper as Beefcake gets the win (2:40). After the match, Horowitz gets a haircut
Thoughts: They used this to push the Beefcake vs. Martel feud.
“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Terry Daniels
Rude beats Daniels down then hits a slam. He no-sells some punches and knees Daniels in the gut then tosses him outside. Rude gyrates in the ring as we hear him in an insert promo laugh about what he did to Piper on the “Brother Love Show” then he puts Daniels away with the Rude Awakening (1:09). After the match, Rude gives some lady the Rude Awakening.
Thoughts: Rude destroyed Daniels as he is in a heated feud with Piper.
Mooney is back in the Event Center to hype the 10/7 Boston Garden show. Honky Tonk Man & Jimmy Hart want to relax after a long Summer and doesnt want to have to hit “monkey man” Snuka with his guitar. We then see Roddy Piper tell Rick Rude that everyone has to pay the Piper.
Next week in action are Hacksaw Jim Duggan, The Widowmaker, Demolition, Big Bossman, and Jake Roberts. Plus, The Genius on the “Brother Love Show” and more
Final Thoughts: The show was fine this week. The big news was the coronation ceremony even though it was underwhelming. However, the feuds being pushed are mostly interesting and some of the matches were fun.
Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 9/30/89
Wednesday: PWG Mystery Vortex IV 12/16/16
Thursday: Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline Series: 1994 ECW as told by Shane Douglas
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/1/89
Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 7/15/82
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/7/89
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/8/89